Our professors and lecturers are active, widely-published researchers known nationally and internationally for their expertise in a variety of historical fields. Since 1980, staff of the Department have published well over a hundred books and many articles and reviews. Current staff members include Professor Barry Reay, holder of the Keith Sinclair Chair in History, Professor Linda Bryder, Professor Raewyn Dalziel, and Professor Jonathan Scott.
The History Department also has a well-established graduate programme and a lively graduate culture, covering many areas within New Zealand history as well as non-New Zealand topics. We have established links with leading research-intensive universities in North America, Europe and Asia and strongly support staff, PhD students, and MA students in conducting research abroad and presenting at international conferences.
As part of our research community, the Department houses the leading historical journal in the country, the New Zealand Journal of History, co-edited by Associate Professor Caroline Daley and Dr Deborah Montgomerie, hosts an annual Sinclair lecture to honour an historian of distinction, offers a fortnightly Department seminar to provide a forum for local and visiting historians to present new research, and sponsors reading groups in fields such as medical history and Māori history.